As the inventor of folha-seca “He has a hit suigéneris. It is a ball that moves little. Up and down. I would lie if I told you that the paste like Didí … investigates the folha-seca … “, Aguirre replied to questions from journalists about what he thinks of his player’s punch. The reference to Didí are major words. The Brazilian, who died in 2001, was world champion in 58 and 62 and was, at the time, one of the best rights on the planet. He went through Real Madrid and is part of the International Football Hall of Champions, FIFA’s hall of fame. He is also considered the inventor of the beating that Oscar executed, the folha-seca. “It has entered perfect. I can not complain. I was convinced”, toned in mixed zone yesterday Oscar himself, who, rogue, revealed that his hit had a slight trick. Before throwing, he moved the ball back a little so that the ball could catch more travel in the fall. “I have seen that the barrier was a little close and I threw it back. And the ball has entered well ”he confessed. Real’s goal was the fifth that marks this season (whenever he scores, the Lega scores) and the ninth since he is a Leganés player. Coincidentally, none of those who won last season were a direct foul, one of the luck he was already driving in his time at Real Madrid and which has taken a long time to look for Butarque, although, now that he has done so, he shows it easily. So much that he even dares to challenge Leo Messi. Because with the goal (goal) he made to Real Sociedad this Sunday, The midfielder Pepinero already has three goals of direct foul, only one less than Messi, the current leader of this classification in the overall championship. He struggles in terms of figures that could well be also in terms of the beauty of the many. Oscar dominates the art of folha-seca, that dry beat that takes height to, seconds later, descend violently as if it were magnetized by Mother Earth. That has been the formula with which this ex of Real Madrid has marked those three goals of failure that already adds this season. Goals are, in Leganés, a matter of drought. It is not that pickles have distinguished themselves since they were First for crushing rival goals. And to do it already for lack seemed almost impossible affair. The statistics supported the chimera. Until September 25, 2019, in the current season, he had only scored a bit of direct pitching. It was achieved by Gabriel Pires on September 17, 2016 against Barça (1-5). More than three years of drought that Óscar Rodríguez broke in front of Athletic. That goal at the dawn of autumn has uncovered the talent of Los Navalmorales, now launched in this fate to be able to challenge Leo Messi himself.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If the media wasn’t in here, we’d be screaming and yelling, playing music and dancing,” said center Jarrett Allen after the Nets’ 16th win in 21 games. “That was so great. It’s not every day you see a team coming back from 21 points down. … When you start winning games like this, it definitely changes your personality.”Russell’s 3-pointer with 27.1 seconds left put the Nets up for the first time since they went ahead 2-0 in the game’s first minute. After missed free throws by both teams left Brooklyn with a two-point lead, Evan Fournier missed a shot in the lane that would have tied it for Orlando.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Nets also rallied Wednesday night from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit in a 145-142 overtime victory at Houston.“We’ve got a great group of guys with the same goals and that’s what we’re starting to notice,” said Russell, who shot 8 of 12 from 3-point range and did not attempt a free throw. “We’re all buying in and we’re all hanging on each other’s success. It’s a great feeling.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, right, passes the ball as he Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida — This winning thing has become a habit for the Brooklyn Nets — and apparently no deficit is too large to overcome lately.D’Angelo Russell matched his career high with 40 points and the Brooklyn Nets came back after trailing by as many as 21 points to beat the Orlando Magic 117-115 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nets: At home against Sacramento on Monday afternoon.Magic: At home against Milwaukee on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The Nets made 19 of 46 3-point shots and are now in sixth place in the Eastern Conference after being 10 games under .500 in early December. At 24-23, New Jersey is above .500 after 47 games for the first time since the 2012-13 season.Aaron Gordon scored 23 points for Orlando, and Nikola Vucevic added 16 points and 17 rebounds. The Magic, who have lost six of eight, shot 50 percent but made only 10 3-pointers.Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half for Brooklyn.The Magic made 11 of their first 15 shots in the second quarter to take a 58-37 lead. Russell made five 3-pointers in a span of less than four minutes to shoot the Nets back in the game, and they held Orlando to one field goal over the final 4:50.“I thought Orlando dominated us for 95 percent of the game,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I thought in the fourth quarter we started to play some defense and D’Angelo was huge. We didn’t play a great game, but we pulled it out anyway.”ADVERTISEMENT Dinwiddie and Shabazz Napier sparked a second-half rally after the Nets had fallen behind 86-68 midway through the third quarter.Orlando led 100-89 after Gordon hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, but the Magic couldn’t hit shots at the end.“I thought our last four shots were good,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “If you’re going to win a game like this, you’re going to make a couple of them. And the ball didn’t go down.”GORDON SITS OUT FINAL 9:19Gordon went to the bench with a stiff back with 9:19 remaining and never returned. “I’m going to just rest as much as I can tonight and see how it feels tomorrow,” he said. “Hopefully I can go (against Milwaukee). We’ll see how it goes when I wake up, but right now it’s tough to move it.”It was Orlando’s first loss in eight games in which Gordon scored 22 points or more.TIP-INSNets: The Nets have won six straight close games (decided by three points or less). … Russell scored the Nets’ final 19 points of the first half. … Atkinson called a timeout 81 seconds into the game after two Orlando dunks.Magic: Rookie C Mo Bamba had nine points and four rebounds after missing four games with a sore left foot. … Vucevic’s 10th rebound gave him 5,000 for his career. … The Magic distributed 13 grants worth a total of $1.2 million to 16 organizations in a pregame ceremony.UP NEXT ABL: Alab Pilipinas rebounds with Macau win, stays perfect at home View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ
– as residents decry sugar workers’ joblessnessFollowing the revelation that multiple workers attached to the Rose Hall Estate are being laid off, members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on Thursday protested Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo as he visited the Auchlyne Primary School on the Corentyne (Region Six) in East Berbice, he having travelled to the ancient county to celebrate his 70th birthday.The Prime Minister was visiting the school he had attended as a child, and what was meant to be a warm occasion was soon turned into bedlam as he was greeted by the chants from Opposition protestors decrying the closure of the sugar estates.Their protest action comes on the heels of information disclosed to Guyana Times late on Thursday — that some 500 more workers could face the breadline in addition to the 400 which were already reported to have been laid off. The protesters have claimed that the Prime Minister had deceived his fellow Berbicians.“We are here to remind the Prime Minister that 400 sugar workers would be on the breadline…and we are here to remind him about his campaign promise he made over 2 years ago – that sugar is too big to fail, and that they have the solution for sugar and he would ensure that sugar workers are not on the breadline,” protestor Zamal Hussain told Guyana Times.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had announced that the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) established under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) would manage the privatisation/divestment process of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and determine the way forward for Rose Hall Estate.He had also claimed that closure of the estate was pushed back to sometime in 2018. Guyana Times, however, understands that the Special Purpose Unit, under the Ministry of Finance, may have brought forward the plans to discontinue the services of Rose Hall employees, which an insider pegged at 961 total workers before initial redundancy.Contacted for comment on Thursday, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder refrained from committing to a specific timeframe for the closure of Rose Hall Estate, but confirmed that the SPU is assuming responsibility for the divested estate, rather than GuySuCo.“The Special Purpose Unit falls under the Ministry of Finance and NICIL, not under Agriculture. I am not the subject minister for the Special Purpose Unit,” he clarified.“The State Paper says that GuySuCo will not be involved in [the divestment of] East Demerara and Rose Hall,” the minister added.When later asked directly about when the Rose Hall Estate would be closed, this minister directed this publication to speak with the Minister of State, as he was the one who would have made the disclosure of a deferred date. However, earlier in the afternoon, Minister Harmon did not allow the full complement of questions that he would normally take at his post-cabinet press briefings.Guyana Times recently saw a letter concerning a Junior Staff Redundancy Notification directed to Rose Hall Estate Field Supervisor Ramnarine Subramanian. Dated November 26, 2017, the letter stated that a meeting had been held at the Rose Hall Estate Community Centre on November 22 in the presence of this category of workers’ union, the NAACIE (National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE). The document stated that GuySuCo no longer had job vacancies to retain Subramanian’s services, and thatDecember 29, 2017 would be his last day with the Rose Hall Estate and GuySuCo, and that termination of his services was in keeping with the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act 1997 (TESPA).Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) President, Komal Chand, related on Wednesday that most of the 400 terminated workers had payments to them outstanding, and he expressed hope that the situation would not end up similar to what had obtained at Wales Estate, where, after almost one year, workers are still to be paid termination benefits.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.The decisions announced by Government have been met with repeated protest actions, especially in sugar belt areas. Those protesting the presence of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Thursday have also called on Government to rescind the appointment of GECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson.When the Prime Minister visited Region Six earlier this month to attend two graduation ceremonies, the opposition political party had picketed him, and had vowed to so do whenever he or President David Granger visits the region.
Roberto Firmino 3 3 3 Milner’s reputation as a reliable utility man at Manchester City has been the hallmark of his domestic and international career, and Klopp may wish to utilise him in a similar manner once he gets a full look at his squad after the international break.At Dortmund, Klopp had a very Milner-esque player in Kevin Grosskreutz who was a typical 7/10 performer every week, and there is a feeling Milner’s versatility could see him mimic that role as a workhorse on the right side of midfield.Time will tell how Klopp plans to amalgamate his array of attacking talent, particularly with Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings all vying for what is likely to be one forward’s position, but his appreciation for youth may also see the introduction of a few new faces.One thing is for sure – no one is safe. Every Liverpool player now has a mercurial and ruthless new manager to impress. Klopp will not be reticent to cast established first-team players into the wilderness, and that may just be what the Reds need to inspire an upturn in fortunes.Is this how Klopp’s Liverpool could line up once his squad is back to full strength? Comment below if you think it may differ… Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Liverpool has installed levels of hysteria on Merseyside perhaps only rivalled in recent times by the final six months of the 2013/2014 season in which they came agonisingly close to a first Premier League title.The general consensus is this could be a fresh start. A blank slate. Brendan Rodgers, who was dismissed last week, was undermined by his tendency for hyperbole which ultimately created disillusionment amongst the Anfield faithful who lost patience with the Northern Irishman’s digressions.Klopp’s appointment has understandably manifested tenuous reports linking players from his Borussia Dortmund days with moves to Merseyside, with the German viewed as an enticing pull factor by the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG).But it is a player already amongst the Reds’ squad who may benefit the most from Klopp’s arrival.The £29m capture of Roberto Firmino in the summer epitomised the dysfunctional relationship between Rodgers and the club’s infamous transfer committee. The Brazilian was a committee signing rather than a player, like Christian Benteke and Nathaniel Clyne, actively pursued by Klopp’s predecessor.Rodgers’ reluctance to promote and entrust Firmino, who is currently sidelined with a back injury, with greater responsibility became candidly apparent almost instantly, casting the former Hoffenheim star into wide positions rather than his more established central role.In the aftermath of the disappointing 3-1 defeat to their great rivals Manchester United last month, Rodgers launched a thinly-veiled jibe at Firmino for his side’s ‘lack of creativity’ after he deployed the Brazilian on the right wing.For a player who amassed the most assists in the last two Bundesliga seasons and was statistically ranked the German top flight’s third best player last term, behind Arjen Robben and Kevin De Bruyne, it made little sense and was inhibiting his unique talents to float deceptively in between the lines.Klopp is already a well-known admirer of Firmino from his Bundesliga days and may look to restore the 24-year-old to his preferred number ten role where he previously flourished in Germany.The 48-year-old’s high intensity, dynamic 4-2-3-1 formation at Dortmund saw Marco Reus, his most prized asset, fielded on the left of the three behind a lone striker. Liverpool’s most potent attacking force is Philippe Coutinho, and Klopp may look to emulate his success with Reus by shifting Coutinho to the left to incorporate Firmino in a more natural role.Reus isn’t a winger but excelled in that role when allowed to cut in on his right foot – something Coutinho has made his signature move in 2015. The Brazilian wouldn’t be expected to hug the touchline either with left-back Alberto Moreno’s tendency to bomb forward providing the natural width.James Milner is another summer signing whose Liverpool career could take an interesting turn under Klopp. The England international cited Rodgers’ promise to deploy him in his favoured central midfield position as the main factor in his decision to move up the East Lancs Road, but he has so far struggled with the added responsibility.
Lotto Results:Numbers drawn were, 1, 5, 10, 11, 14 Bonus 8. No jackpot winner. €100 Eddie Carr, Creeslough. €50 Mark Dorrian, Toome. Next jackpot €1100.Seniors and Reserves: Our seniors and reserves play away to St.Nauls in the league this Saturday. Reserves throw in at 4.00pm and Seniors throw in at 5.30pm.Under 16’s:Our under 16’s play against Four masters on Sunday October 6th at 12.00pm in the league county semi final. Venue to be confirmed. Keep an eye on our facebook page and website for an update. Dribble ‘n’ Solo-athon:Mulroy Hoops Basketball Club and Gaeil Fhánada Bord na nÓg are hosting a 12 Hour sponsored Dribble ‘n’ Solo-athon to take place on Saturday 19th October 2013 in the Rossnakill Resource Centre. The event will run from 9am to 9pm. We are inviting families involved in either or both these clubs to take part as well as other families who may be interested in joining.How will the Dribble ‘n’ Solo-athon work?– From your wider family/friend circle select a group or groups of 12 – to include brothers, sisters, cousins, parents, grandparents, friends or anyone who is happy to give it a go!– Each group should have a nominated leader – ideally a teenager/adult.– Each group will be asked to dribble/solo for just 15 minutes. – To make the event as fun as possible your group can dribble/solo in fancy dress – you could come in pyjamas, onesies, football jerseys, Disney characters or anything you fancy! There are still places available on the Time Table for groups to join in. Keep on eye on the Fanad Gaels and Mulroy Hoops websites/Facebook pages as well as local press for updates! We hope that you will get involved, have fun with your friends and family and help raise money for these two community based clubs.Scrap Saturday:We will be holding a Scrap Saturday in the next few weeks. Anyone who has any scrap metal laying around, this will be a great opportunity for you to get rid. A contact number will be available in next weeks notes for you to call and have the metal collected at a time that suits both party’s.Donegal GAA Training Centre: A major fundraising initiative by Club Tir Chonaill, in an effort to push forward the Donegal Gaa Training Centre in Convoy, is now available on the Donegal Gaa Website. All members of the Gaa community and members of the public both at home and abroad are asked to get involved in helping to build the future of Donegal Gaa by investing in the campaign by purchasing plots of land in the new Training centre pitches for €20 each, it could not be simpler. Just go to the Donegal website click on the Buy a Piece of History picture and you can pick your plot. You will then be dircted to the Pay Pal system to make your donation. Alternatively you can join by contacting either Club Tir Chonaill chairman Cieran Kelly or Grace Boyle county treasurer, all participants will be entered in a draw, 1st Prize €2000, 2nd Prize €1000, 3rd Prize €500.Difibulator Course:Anyone interested in doing a Difibulator Course with the club at a cost of €24 each, please contact Fiona on 0851555645 so she can arrange numbers and dates.Child Awareness Courses:Anyone who would be interested in doing a child awareness course should contact Fiona on 0851555645. The course will only take place should we have a sufficient number of people interested.Level 3 Coaching Course:Level 3 Coaching Course at LYIT commencing Wednesday,16th October, 2013. This course is open to participants who are Level 2 Coaches and are currently actively involved in coaching for their Club /County teams. Further details from Mick Murphy, GDM.Level 2 Coaching Course:Level 2 Football Coaching Course at Glenswilly commencing Friday/Saturday, 8-9th November, 2013 and also the following weekend, 15-16th November, 2013. This Course is open to participants who are Level 1 Coaches and who are currently actively involved in coaching for their Clubs / County teams.GAA NEWS: FANAD GAELS U-16 BOYS SET FOR COUNTY SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA NEWS: FANAD GAELS U-16 BOYS SET FOR COUNTY SEMI-FINAL
4 4 Anderlecht gave Lukaku his big break at 16, where he scored 41 goals in 98 games before making the switch to Chelsea in 2011 Writing for the Players’ Tribune, Lukaku said of his upbringing: “I remember the exact moment I knew we were broke. I can still picture my mum at the refrigerator and the look on her face.“I was six years old, and I came home for lunch during our break at school. My mum had the same thing on the menu every single day: Bread and milk. When you’re a kid, you don’t even think about it. But I guess that’s what we could afford.“I didn’t say a word. I didn’t want her to stress. I just ate my lunch. But I swear to God, I made a promise to myself that day.“It was like somebody snapped their fingers and woke me up. I knew exactly what I had to do, and what I was going to do.” 4 Lukaku’s idol Thierry Henry is now his mentor, having taken up the role of Belgium assistant coach Romelu Lukaku has revealed how being ‘broke’ at six years old and sleeping on the floor next to rats in his apartment drove him to be the best, despite facing doubters at every stage of his career.The Belgian, set to lead the line at a second World Cup, spoke of being an outcast in his own country and the anger that fuelled his rise to turning professional at 16. The Manchester United striker, who could not afford a TV to learn the game he has made his life, said: “I wanted to be the best footballer in Belgian history. That was my goal. Not good. Not great. The best.“I played with so much anger, because of a lot of things … because the rats running around in our apartment … because I couldn’t watch the Champions League … because of how the other parents used to look at me.“I don’t know why some people in my own country want to see me fail. I really don’t. When I went to Chelsea and I wasn’t playing, I heard them laughing at me. When I got loaned out to West Brom, I heard them laughing at me.“But it’s cool. Those people weren’t with me when we were pouring water in our cereal. If you weren’t with me when I had nothing, then you can’t really understand me.” Lukaku’s Belgium face Panama, Tunisia and England in Group G at the World Cup Lukaku, 25, is in line to start for Belgium in their opening World Cup game against Panama as they hope to beat England to top spot in Group G, but despite the pride of winning a 70th cap for his country, he has one regret.“I just really, really wish my grandad was around to witness this,” he said, having been asked to look after his mother by his Congolese grandfather shortly before he died.” Lukaku is Belgium’s record goalscorer, scoring 36 times in his 69 caps 4 Lukaku was still 12 at the time, and his prodigious talent was being questioned by opposition players’ parents, forcing him to show them his ID to prove his age.He continued: “I’m not talking about the Premier League. Not Manchester United. Not the Champions League. Not the World Cups. That’s not what I mean. I just wish he was around to see the life we have now. I wish I could have one more phone call with him, and I could let him know …“‘See? I told you. Your daughter is OK. No more rats in the apartment. No more sleeping on the floor. No more stress.“We’re good now. We’re good. They don’t have to check the ID any more. They know our name.’”
The adventures of two brothers from the Netherlands were shown on Dutch TV last weekend – showcasing some of Donegal’s top tourist spots.Some 900,000 TV viewers in the Netherlands tuned in to Frans and Dorus Bauer’s travel show Vive la Frans on Saturday last.The Bauers visited Donegal this summer and were filmed sea stack climbing in Malin Head. They also visited the King of Tory on Tory Island. Showcasing Donegal’s natural scenery, this programme could attract more potential holidaymakers to the county.Vive la Frans follows the presenters as they explore Europe’s culture, music and scenery, gathering insights into local life from the people they meet along the way.The show airs on NPO 1, the oldest TV channel in the Netherlands. Filming for three episodes of the show took place this summer in Donegal, as well as Dublin, Meath, Tipperary, Westmeath and Down.Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for the Netherlands, said: “The Bauer brothers have a loyal following in the Netherlands and their focus on Ireland’s culture, music and landscape will appeal to our important ‘culturally curious’ audience, inspiring them to come and explore the landscapes and locations featured for themselves.” Irish tourism from the Netherlands is on the increase, with a 27% rise in visitors from the Benelux countries so far in 2016. That’s an extra 64,400 tourists compared to last year.It is hoped that such media exposure featuring Donegal will attract more visitors to county in the near future. Destination Donegal for Dutch TV presenting duo was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
LAS VEGAS, NV — Every year, a new show house — dubbed the New American Home — is built for the annual International Builders’ Show. Designed for energy efficiency, this year’s New American Home is an 8,500-square-foot Las Vegas mansion with 25 heating and cooling zones, four water heaters, and a swimming pool.The details of the show home were described in a sparsely attended workshop on the second floor of the Las Vegas convention center by Brad Oberg, chief technology officer at IBACOS, an energy consulting firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Oberg was instrumental in refining the design of the home’s energy-efficiency features.Although the home is equipped with a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic array — that is, about $90,000 of PV modules — it nevertheless requires an additional 4,239 kWh of grid-supplied electricity and $2,000 of natural gas per year. “The buyer of this New American House is in the position to buy a large house,” explained Oberg. “He bought a large house that uses much less energy than if he had bought a large house from another builder.”Describing the house for Popular Mechanics, reporter Harry Sawyers noted, “In its defense, the house cools itself using 39 percent as much fuel as a comparably sized structure, but using a rough Las Vegas average of $7 per million BTU in natural gas (the national average is $4.90), we estimate that this house consumes close to 300 million BTU in gas per year. At 293 kWh per million BTU, that’s getting up past 85,000 kWh per year — three times the average American home’s 27,022 annual kWh. Put simply, this house is bloated.”
The moment one steps inside the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, it becomes obvious that one is in a cricket-mad nation.Hanging from the ceiling is a huge red banner that reads “20 times the welcome”, followed by the flags of the participating nations and the West Indies Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland.The ICC World Twenty20 that begins on Tuesday is indeed the flavour of the island nation, and cardboard cut-outs of the Sri Lankan cricketers adorn the entire 35km stretch of the road between the airport and the city centre.People from all walks of life are discussing Sri Lanka’s prospects of finally breaking the jinx of finishing runners-up in two successive ODI World Cups and the 2009 World T20, and they’ll get the opportunity to see how well their heroes have prepared on the opening day when they take on Zimbabwe in Hambantota on Tuesday.Sri Lanka is one of the toughest places to tour, not just because of the conditions but also the home team’s mastery over them.Featuring the likes of Tillakaratne Dilshan, ICC Cricketer of the Year Kumar Sangakkara, captain Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis, there is no doubt they will be among the favourites for the title.However, the fourth edition promises to be the most open in the short history of the World Twenty20, with six to seven teams of the 12 looking strong on paper.An overkill of India-Sri Lanka matches in the past few years hasn’t reduced the fans’ eagerness to see the superstars from the neighbouring country in action, with Monday’s India-Pakistan warm-up match being a talking point for many here.advertisementIndia’s batting looks capable enough with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni showing form in the two warm-up games, as Monday’s performance showed, the bowlers will need to step it up a few notches.Pakistan look strong, especially after their build-up series win against Australia, but inconsistency remains their Achilles heel.Sri Lanka’s Group C mates South Africa are the other contenders for the ‘favourites’ tag.They have got together a squad that has hardly any chinks, but the other ‘C’ word- choking that they will need to lay to rest.West Indies players have often been accused of being Twenty20 mercenaries, but their best lineup can give any team nightmares about facing them.Big-hitting stars like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo are expected to be backed up well by the all-round capabilities of Andre Russell and the ICC’s Emerging Player of the Year, mystery spinner Sunil Narine.The Australians and the English can never be discounted either, no matter how fragile their new-look sides may seem on paper.The format is one that is imprinted on the mind of every Indian cricket fan like a recurring nightmare since the first round exit in the 2007 ODI World Cup- four groups of three teams each leading into Super Eights- and one mistake can draw curtains on the big teams’ campaigns.Three factors that each team will need to take into account are the pitches, which aren’t expected to be as spinner friendly as usual; the weather, which is expected to be fickle over the next week or so; and the improved ability of countries like Bangladesh and Ireland to cause upsets.
Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPowerhouse defending champion Petron expectedly breezed by Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-17, 25-11, 25-18, Saturday to become the first semifinalist—deservedly so—in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.In scoring their 15th straight win, the Blaze Spikers lined themselves up for a best-of-three semifinals against either the Cignal HD Spikers and the United VC Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A memorable, meaningful Open win for Mondilla Though Petron kept its winning streak intact, the win did not impress import Stephanie Niemer.Niemer, who had 16 points, said they could have done better despite the dominant win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKath Bell led the Blaze Spikers with 19 points as Petron needed just over an hour—and just one game—to march on.“We’re very happy that we’re now in the semis. But, of course, the road ahead will be a lot tougher,” Petron coach Shaq delos Santos said.